Homer Alaska - Sports

Story last updated at 7:20 PM on Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sports in Briefs

Climbing competition coming

The second annual Homer Climbing Competition will be held Saturday at the Bay Club. The all day event includes four categories — beginner, intermediate, advanced and lead — for girls and boys. All ages are welcome. There will be awards for the top climbers in each category, as well as door prizes, food and t-shirts for sale. The competition schedule is as follows: advanced, 10:30 a.m.; lead, noon; intermediate, 1:30 p.m.; beginner, 3 p.m.

Preregister online at www.howlalaska.org under the fundraisers tab. Participants must be registered at least half an hour before their event. Cost is $25 until Saturday, $30 at the door. For more information, call 399-HOWL.

City league tournament this weekend

Team Best Western finished up the regular 2010-11 city of Homer basketball season with a 11-1 record for the first seed in this weekend's tournament. Team ABI is seeded no. 2 (10-2 record); Coal Point is seeded no. 3 (7-5); Bulletproof Nets is seeded no. 4 (6-6); K-12 is seeded no. 5 (4-8); Smooth Operators is seeded no. 6 (3-9); and the Gamers are seeded no. 7 (1-11).

The tournament will be held Saturday-Monday at Homer Middle School. The schedule for Feb. 19 is as follows: game 1, 3:30 p.m. Bulletproof Nets vs. K-12; game 2, 4:45 p.m. Coal Point vs. Smooth Operators; game 3, 6 p.m. ABI vs. Gamers; game 4, 7:15 p.m. Best Western vs. winner of game 1; game 5, 8:30 p.m. losers of games 2 and 3.

Games resume at 1 p.m. Sunday, with the last one starting at 7:15 p.m. The championship game will be held Monday at 7 p.m. complete tournament bracket.

Small school basketball action ahead

Cook Inlet Academy, Bristol Bay, Nanwalek and Seldovia will compete in the Seldovia Invitational today through Saturday in Seldovia.

Nikolaevsk hosts Ninilchik on Tuesday. Girls play at 4 p.m. and boys at 5:30.

Middle school skiers slide speedily

Homer, Seward, Kenai and Soldotna seventh and eighth graders raced at Lookout Mountain last Friday.

Homer's Ghen Sasakura won the eighth grade boy's event in 4 minutes, 51.2 seconds, edging out Kenai's Travis Cooper by three seconds. Husky skiers Porter Livingston and Benjamin Westphal took third and fourth in the event, in 5:31.9 and 5:41.7, respectively.

Maggie LaRue was Homer's top eighth grade girl finisher, coming in fourth in 6:36.

Aziza Shemet-Pitcher took third in the seventh grade girls' race in 8:01.1.

In the seventh grade boys, Seth miller took fourth in 6:52.5 and Jakob Krisintu-Bayound fifth in 7:05.3.

Full results

B-Icicle Races

Homer Cycling Club's first official bike races on ice drew 16 cyclists to Beluga Lake last Saturday. Martin Renner won the 3-lap race in 3 minutes, 58 seconds. Andrew Peter took the sprint competition in Sprint 1:14. Hayley Norris won the women's event in 3:10. Pat Irwin and Renner took the relay award. Jamie McCloud had the best fall.

Ice racers brave the elements

Saturday's sunny Winter Carnival novelty ice car races were followed by a brutally cold and windy day of racing. On Sunday, Homer Racing Association's fourth day of competition featured new drivers in both the stock and modified classes. In the stock class, Joel Olsen drove car no. 24; Justin Millage, 5; Chris Cudabeck, 51 Phil Celtic, 88; Greg Murray, 13; Marina Brooks, 23; Jesse Lentz, 71; Ray DeMoss, 18; Mike Geagel, 99; Kevin DeVaney, 15. In the modified class, Bob Rhinehart commanded car 10; Tyler Morris, 4; Rod McLay, 72; Dan Ravin, 32; Bob Robinson, 95; Faith Celtic, 91; Staci Murphy, 25; and Mike Geagel, 99.

Ice racer's scores